1.Sports

Haryana to host 2021 Khelo India Youth Games

Haryana will host the 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games, in 2021, at Panchkula.

Khelo India Youth Games are national level multidisciplinary grassroot games held for two categories:

  1. Under-17 years school students
  2. Under-21 college students

2.Science and Technology

IIM-Kozhikode develops ‘Veli Band’ for ensuring social distancing

The band has been developed by Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode based incubated startup Qual5 India Pvt.Ltd

The band sends LED, vibratory and sound-based signals if another band is within 3 feet, thus serving as a reminder for social distancing

The band can also aid in tracking employee movements in real-time

Quick Fact: A Vellayan is the Chairman of IIM-K

3.Person in News

Naveen Tahilyani appointed MD & CEO of Tata AIA Life Insurance

Naveen Tahilyani was the CEO, Group Partnership Distribution at AIA Hong Kong till

2019

He has also served as CEO and Managing Director of Tata AIA from 2015 to 2018.

He will be succeeding Rishi Srivastava in this role

4.National Affairs

HRD Ministry forms ‘Stay in India and Study in India’ committee

The committee will form guidelines and recommend measures for students to study in India

It will function under the leadership of D. P. Singh, chairman of UGC

The committee will support GoI in retaining students who want to study abroad in the premier institutions of the country, along with addressing the requirements of students forced to come back to India due to COVID-19

Quick Fact: The Union Minister for HRD is Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

5.Defence and Security

India strengthens its maritime cooperation

India is strengthening its maritime cooperation at a time of tension at Line of Actual Control

Defence Ministers’ dialogues held between India and Indonesia. The talks included:

  1. Strengthening of defence ties between the countries
  2. Export of BrahMos missile to Indonesia by India

It is trying to involve Australia in its trilateral Malabar Exercise involving India, Japan and the USA, making it a quad exercise

India is also strengthening its relations with Indonesia with Samudra Shakti bilateral exercise.

6.Science and Technology

DRDO launches “Dare to Dream” challenge on APJ Abdul Kalam’s Death Anniversary

The challenge aims to spur innovation in defence and aerospace technologies.

The award money for winners of the challenge would be Rs. 10 lakh for startups and Rs. 5 lakhs for individuals

The birth anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam is observed as Youth Renaissance Day in Tamil Nadu